In Makkah, the people loved and respected Muhammad (pbuh) and treated him kindly. When Allah gave him revelation and made him a prophet, the people turned against him and would try to harm him. This was because Muhammad told them to worship only Allah and they wanted to worship their stone idols.
There was an old woman who would collect thorns and twigs. She would wait until Muhammad (pbuh) was coming and she then threw them in the way hoping that Muhammad (pbuh) would step on them and get hurt. She would collect these thorns everyday and wait for Muhammad (pbuh) to arrive.
One day, the prophet (pbuh) was passing by and saw that the old woman had not thrown down the thorns on the road. He was worried for the old lady and asked some people where she was. They told him that the old woman was very ill and too sick to leave her bed.
The Prophet (pbuh) was very concerned for the old lady and went to visit her. When he went to her house, he spoke to her in a respectful and kind manner. He spoke to her politely and said some kind words before he left her house.
The woman was very surprised to meet such a respectful man. She felt ashamed that she had been so cruel to him over all this time. She decided that Muhammad (pbuh) was not a bad person like people had told her but was a kind and honest gentleman. From that day on she never tried to hurt the prophet (pbuh) in any way.